Coach O says Valdez will be happy when she returns to Cool Smashers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 30, 2017 09:10 PM
Coach O says Valdez will be happy when she returns
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. Alyssa Valdez will be returning to a Creamline side which had won three games without her.

Already the top-seed and on a seven-game winning streak, Creamline will only get more dangerous when the semifinals rolls along.

Why, you ask?

Well, they’re just getting back a little someone named Alyssa Valdez.

The two-time champion and three-time MVP in the UAAP, who has been fulfilling national team duties, is slated to be back in action for the Cool Smashers just in time for the playoffs.

Of course, her return is a big-time boost even for a team which had already persevered through all three games without her.

Still, that they persevered just proves that Creamline’s other players are more than capable themselves. As assistant coach Oliver Almadro put it, “Good sign talaga na even without Alyssa, we’re winning. Malaking bagay talaga na habang wala si Ly, maganda pa rin kinikilos namin.”

And Almadro has no doubt in his mind that Valdez is nothing but glad they had done just that. “Pagbalik niya, happy siya. Yung natutunan niya sa Japan, madadala niya rito tapos yung kumpyansa ng naiwan dito, madadala rin (namin sa semifinals),” he said.

Indeed, it’s a good sign for the Cool Smashers that everybody from Jia Morado to Rosemarie Vargas and from Pau Soriano to Cesca Racraquin has been stepping up. “It just shows na most of our players are really talented na ‘di lang kami dadalhin ni Alyssa. She’s our leaders, but other players will also step up,” the assistant coach shared.

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